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When You Do Not Sit Straight, These 4 Terrible Things Can Happen To You Skeletal System

When You Do Not Sit Straight, These 4 Terrible Things Can Happen To You Skeletal System

Most people were told to sit up straight during school, but despite this lots of adults have bad posture. This is because many people, such as office workers, spend the majority of their days sat down.

However, a bad posture can cause lots of different health problems, and it can even affect the skeletal system. When people slouch, hunch over or slump forward while they are sat down they create misalignment along their spinal column.

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Here are 4 things that can happen to you if you have bad posture.

1. Loss Of Height

As you grow, your skeletal system coordinates with muscle fibres to make sure that your body is aligned and balanced. However, chronic poor posture will negatively affect growth, as it places extra stress on the vertebrae of the spine. This causes the connective disks to quickly wear down, compressing the bones in the spine. This can lead to reduced height and strength.

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2. Joint Stress

Your joints are protected by connective tissue that helps to cushion the joint when it moves. The amount of connective tissue is directly affected by how much weight the joint bears, and a misaligned spine will put extra weight and pressure on certain joints throughout the body. This means that some joints will carry more weight than they should, causing the connective tissue to wear away. This can result in long-term pain and degraded supportive connective tissue. This most commonly affects joints in the spine, shoulders and knees, which can cause other health problems later in life.

3. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis happens when the connective tissue between joints is worn down, which means there is nothing to protect the bones in the spine from rubbing together. This can be caused by bad posture as bad posture disrupts the load bearing balance of joints in the back. This can cause the affected joints to calcify and fuse to nearby bones, which can be extremely painful. Osteoarthritis cannot be reversed or cured, but the pain can be managed with medication and various forms of physical therapy.

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4. Spine Misalignment

If you have good posture, the upper cervical curve, mid thoracic curve and lower lumbar curve of your spine all balance together along an invisible vertical line. The line runs from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet, and it makes sure that everything in your body is balanced perfectly as your spine isn’t angled to either side or pushed forward. However a bad posture will disrupt spine alignment by putting extra pressure on one curve, which can cause pain and long-term structural damage to your body.

How To Improve Your Posture

There are a few different things that you can do to improve your posture while you are sitting down.

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You can buy a chair that is ergonomically designed to provide proper spinal support. If you want to buy one, make sure that you find one that is designed for your height and weight. If you can’t buy a new chair, you could try placing a small pillow at the bottom of your spine for lumbar support.

Align your back with the back of the chair when you are working, as this will stop you from leaning forward or slouching too much. Re-align your back with the chair whenever you realize that you are slouching.

Keep both of your feet on the ground while you work. If your feet don’t reach the ground use a footrest.

Make sure that your computer or laptop is angled upwards towards you. This will force you to sit upright, rather than encouraging you to slouch to properly see the screen.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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